Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

February 4, 2014 – Dr. Paul Byrne

Dr. Paul Byrne is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Toledo who early in his career pioneered the development of ventilators and other medical devices tailored to children born pre-term.

He is also a world renowned expert on, and opponent of, “brain death” for determining actual death, and has spoken and testified in numerous venues including several courts of law and the Vatican. So, Dr Paul is the perfect mix of pediatrician and brain death expert to help us understand two recent situations, including his personal intervention for the parents of Jahi–the 13 year-old California girl who had cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy and was declared brain dead by hospital staff. But her parents challenged their diagnosis, and with assistance from Dr Byrne, were able to have Jahi transferred to a medical facility that would insert a feeding tube to prevent starvation.

Another current case from Texas has a pregnant woman on life support to save her baby, as required by Texas law. But her husband sued the hospital insisting that life support be withdrawn, thus terminating both the mother and baby. A judge ruled in the husband’s favor. Mother and daughter are now deceased.

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January 21, 2014 – Trent Horn

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton decisions legalizing the killing of pre-born children in America. Trent Horn is an appropriate Guest for this week’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” program.

Trent holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. He is the author of Answering Atheism and Making the Case for Life (DVD), both published by Catholic Answers.

Making the Case for Life is a very valuable teaching tool for transforming any abortion debate into a fruitful conversation–one that opens minds and hearts to the humanity of the pre-born child while maintaining a non-confrontational environment. Trent’s approach has been developed by refining ideas of seasoned pro-life leaders and applying them with hundreds of college students.

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January 14, 2014 – John Preiss

John Preiss is President of the Fatima Family Apostolate International, founded in 1986 by the late Father Robert J. Fox. The mission of the Fatima Family Apostolate International is to promote the message of Fatima and the sanctification of family life.

John is also the Editor of the quarterly magazine the Immaculate Heart Messenger. He has been interviewed on Catholic radio and recently on Vatican Radio about the consecration by Pope Francis. He has written several articles on the message of Fatima and on family life. He is also the author of the new children’s book, The Miracle of the Dancing Sun at Fatima. Since November of 2013 this book has sold close to 1000 copies.
John and his wife Teresa currently reside in Hanceville, AL with their six children: Mark, Lauren, Brenden, John David, Anna Sophia and Ella.

John will be our third Guest speaking about a particular Marian apparition, Our Lady of Fatima. The last two programs featured Fr Peter Stryker on Our Lady of Good Help and Kevin McCarthy on Our Lady of America.
I have asked John to tell us about Our Lady of Fatima-dates, location, seers, miracles, warnings, promises, etc. How are her apparitions in 1917 still relevant in the 21st Century, particularly to the Quest for a Culture of Life in America and the world?

What is the nature/validity of the controversy over the consecration of Russia and the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?
I am especially interested in Mary’s promise that Russia will be converted. It seems that is happening based on information I found at www.excerptsofinri.com and Life Site News.
We will be drawing some comparisons between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Barack Obama’s USA.

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January 7, 2013 – Kevin McCarthy

We were expecting Kevin McCarthy to call in two weeks ago, but his phone was out-of-order, so he didn’t call, and I had to “wing-it”. Last week’s Guest Fr Peter Stryker educated us about Our Lady of Good Help and her shrine in Champion WI. This week we will try again to have Kevin teach us about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.

Kevin is a Civil and Canon Lawyer who has dedicated his life to improving access to Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin”, is a title for Mary that is not as well know as “Our Lady of Guadalupe–Our Lady of the Americas”, the Empress of all the Americas, with a message of unity. Our Lady of America is specific to the United States of America, and her message is a call for purity. And who would deny this pressing need in our country plagued as it is by all manner of sexual sins that are even promoted by government health care mandates for free access to contraception, abortion and sterilization.

Kevin will be able to trace the story of Mary’s locutions and apparitions as “Our Lady of America” to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters of Dayton Ohio. Sister Mary Mildred also experienced apparitions and messages from Our Lord, St Joseph, St. Gabriel and St. Michael. Sister’s spiritual adviser for over 40 years was Father/Msgr/Bishop (Evansville IN)/Archbishop (Cincinnati) Paul Leibold of Dayton Ohio.

Sister Mary was asked by The Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture according to the vision of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC, and honored there as Our Lady of America. Our Lady says that if this is done, the United States of America would turn back toward morality and the shrine would become a place of “wonders.” Sister Mary Ephrem, died on January 10th, 2000, near Fostoria Ohio.

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December 31, 2013 – Fr. Peter Stryker

Fr Peter Stryker is a native of Cincinnati. After a stint providing hospitality to Westin Hotel guests, he followed God’s call to priesthood with the Fathers of Mercy and now provides hospitality to pilgrims visiting Our Lady of Good Help Shrine near Green Bay Wisconsin. For over 150 years people have come to this site where the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise , asking her to teach the catechism to children of French and Belgium descent. Adele succeeded in raising the funds to build a school, convent and chapel at the apparition site, which has become a place of physical and spiritual healing.

It was on October 9, 1859, that the Queen of Heaven appeared to Adele Brise in Champion (Robinsonville), Wisconsin.The apparitions to “Sister” Adele took place 20 months after Mary appeared in Lourdes France to St Bernadette.

When Adele asked the apparition, “In God’s name, who are you and what do you want of me?”, the lady in white replied,
“I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession, and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”

The Blessed Mother went on to say, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” Adele replied, “But how shall I teach them who know so little myself?” Mary replied, “Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

On December 8, 2010, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken gave official Church approval of the Marian apparitions that occurred in the month of October at Robinsonville, now known as Champion, Wisconsin. The Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”

This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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December 10, 2013 – Mary Eberstadt

The parallel declines of the family and the Christian Religion in the West (Europe and North America) has long fascinated academicians and sociologists. The debate has typically been over whether family decline caused religion decline, or religion’s decline caused family decline. In How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt makes the case for religion and family being so intertwined that neither can change without a consequent change in the other.

This influence of family on religion, Mary calls the “Family Factor”–the active effect that family participation has on religious belief and practice.

The American Catholic Church has certainly been in decline for several decades as manifested by closed schools and parishes, fewer vocations to priesthood and religious life, and a mere 25% of Catholics attending weekend Mass.
Family decline is equally evident in the 50% divorce rate, 40% out-of-wedlock birth rate, push for same-sex “marriage”, and the continuing abortion of one out of every four pregnancies. Can Mary convince us that these facts are intertwined?

What does the future hold for the institutions of family (marriage and children), and Church? Mary offers two possibilities–one pessimistic, another optimistic? What do you think? More Churches closing, even smaller families, or a rebirth, a new evangelization, and stable families?

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December 03, 2013 – Katie Short

That is the title of a recent symposium at Biola University in California, and it is our topic of the day on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had not heard of “stealth” euthanasia until Katie Short alerted me to this event. Katie is a wife, mother, and staff attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation in California. She participated in this symposium; she will be our Guest today.

Stealth–not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions–euthanasia is the intentional killing of vulnerable humans by covert means while projecting an image of loving care. It can happen in home, hospital, or hospice. The killer/s may be family members, medical personnel, or other “care” providers. The hospice industry is a mixture of truly compassionate and ethical care providers and rogue organizations/individuals whose primary focus is on money. Why is “hospice” one of the fastest growing industries in America?

This is too huge a topic to be covered in 50 minutes, but today we can open the subject and provide some guidance to those who are entrusted with the care of a loved one.

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November 26, 2013 – Day Gardner

All pro-lifers (actually all Americans) should know that African-American (A-A) babies are targeted for abortion by Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry as a whole. In other words, the legacy of Margaret Sanger and racism continues into the 21st Century. We should all know that a disproportionate share of abortions is done on A-A women. Is abortion so acceptable in the A-A culture? Are there A-A leaders trying to stop this genocide?
Yes! There are many truly great A-A pro-life leaders and we are blessed to have Day Gardner as our Guest Tuesday the 26th. She made history as Miss Delaware when she became the first black woman to be named as a semi-finalist of the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks for others to follow.
Today, Gardner is the founder and President of The National Black Pro Life Union, Associate Director of National Pro Life Center on Capitol Hill and an executive member of the National
Clergy Council. She is a sought after speaker, author and an articulate spokesperson for the pro-life movement.

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November 19, 2013 – Tara Shaver

Albuquerque (ABQ) New Mexico is the late-term-abortion capital of the USA because there are virtually no restrictions on abortion in New Mexico. That may change today (Tuesday, 19 November) because the good people of ABQ signed enough petitions to get a”Pain Capable Abortion Ban” on the ballot for today’s election. If this passes, ABQ may be the only city in America with a municipal ordinance restricting abortion.

ABQ is thus the current location for pro-life forces to gather. Do you remember the Texas State legislature battles over pro-life legislation in Austin this past summer, and the Kermit Gosnell trial in Pennsylvania earlier this year?

Tara Shaver and friends are leading the effort to ban abortions of pain capable children–20 weeks post-fertilization–in Albuquerque. I encourage you to listen to this amazing development–opening a new front in the battle to protect pre-born children and their mothers–by way of a municipal ordinance. How did this young mother get involved? Who are her allies? What national attention is focused on ABQ today? And will this new approach be spreading to your city? Are you willing to be in the fight for life in your home town?

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November 12, 2013 – Darcy Hemstad, RN

Darcy Hemstad, RN, helps women and their husbands be healthy so they can be parents. To my way of thinking, infertility is not the disease but rather a symptom of some unhealthy condition/s in either the male, the female, or both. Again, to my way of thinking, there are three different ways that gynecological problems are treated: a) relief of symptoms by prescribing the birth control pill–typical gynecologist, b) diagnose and treat underlying problems with surgery and hormone therapy, primarily progesterone–NaProTechnology protocols established by Dr Tom Hilgers, and c) ART–Artificial Reproductive Technologies that ignore the underlying problems by resort to immoral human creation in the laboratory.

But Darcy has another way for treating gyn problems that indicate ill health and dysfunction including infertility. Her approach uses a combination of Billings Ovulation Method Charting and dietary changes to foster general good health, including natural fertility.

Every woman has experienced gyn problems or knows someone who has gyn problems, including infertility. I believe you will be amazed by her patient’s success testimonials, which you can see at thefertilitygirl.com

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November 5, 2013 – Fr. Thomas Loya

This week (as last week with Deacon Harold) we have a Radio Maria presenter as our Guest on the Quest. Fr Loya’s program–Beyond the Veil–is immediately before “The Quest . . .”. Every week when I call in I enjoy the tail end of “Beyond the Veil”. What I especially like about Fr Loya is his complete understanding of contraception’s disruption of families, society and the Church. I have asked Father to help us understand this phenomenon of the broader impact of contraception on our culture.

Because he is a Byzantine priest, we can learn something about the Orthodox branch of Christianity and efforts to reunite East and West so the Church may breath with both lungs–what a concept! What have recent popes done to reverse the Great Schism of 1054? What issues divide us? Why not unity?

Fr Loya promotes and teaches the Theology of the Body through the Tabor Life Institute. Thus he is one of many TotB teachers that have their own slant on blessed John Paul II’s work, and naturally there are some differences of interpretation and approach. If we have time we want to get Father’s perspective on these differences.

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October 29, 2013 – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

No sub-set of America has suffered the “culture of death” more than African-Americans. Their children are targeted for abortion, their women are taken advantage of and their families are suffering due to fatherlessness, poverty, and poor education. Of course, these are not independent variables–they feed each other. What can be done to reverse this tragedy?

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon and a full-time Catholic evangelist. He was raised Catholic ans spent 4 years in a Benedictine seminary. Now he is married to Colleen and they are parents to 4 children.

Deacon Herald has been on EWTN, travels extensively giving retreats and lectures on the family, the culture and the challenges facing the Catholic Church in America. He is outspoken in his conviction that contraception and abortion are devastating the family, society and the Church.

I pray that Deacon Harold will have some practical evangelization tips that apply to all Americans. We need to build up our parishes. We need new life in abundance. Three of every four self-professed Catholics do not regularly attend Mass. What will it take for them to come back? What can we do to help them?

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October 22, 2013 – Clarke Forsythe

Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for AUL and author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, from Encounter Books. His twenty-seven years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics, serving for six years as Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing AUL’s nationwide litigation and legislation strategy, and serving as President for ten years.
He also wrote Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square, making the case for persistence and incremental victories as a prudential, ethical and realistic path to achieving significant change.
Forsythe has argued cases before federal and state courts and has testified before Congress and state legislatures. He is also a prolific writer on pro-life law issues, having published more than 15 law review articles and book chapters, as well as articles in First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. Other leading newspapers that have published his articles or quoted him include The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, the Washington Post,Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Clarke blogs frequently on “The Road to Roe”
In 2006, Forsythe received an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University.
Clarke has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College.

Preliminary Discussion “Abuse of Discretion” is a legal phrase meaning, A failure to take into proper consideration the facts and law relating to a particular matter; an arbitrary or unreasonable departure from precedent and settled judicial custom. Where a trial court must exercise discretion in deciding a question, it must do so in a way that is not clearly against logic and the evidence. An improvident exercise of discretion is an error of law and grounds for reversing a decision on appeal. It does not, however, necessarily amount to bad faith, intentional wrong, or misconduct by the trial judge.

Abuse of Discretion… is based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health.

Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision-with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil-come from the Supreme Court in 1973?

Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued.

Will these abuses eventually lead to overturning Roe and Doe?

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October 08, 2013 – Dana Cody

There are very many assaults on the Culture of Life in America in this Respect Life month of October, 2013. I am very pleased to offer you another valiant warrior working to stem the tide in California (fighting authorizing non-physicians to do abortions), Birmingham (closing abortion mills), and all over (securing freedom of speech rights near abortion mills).

Dana is the attorney President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, based in California. She spend her days traveling from court to court using the law to protect children and their mothers from the gross abuse of abortion and its aftermath. She will be telling us what she does and how she came to her convictions.

The Affordable Care Act is now being implemented against the wishes of many/most Americans. I’ll be asking Dana about the status of the hundreds of lawsuits that are attempting to halt this assault on our religious freedom and true health care.

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October 1, 2013 – James and Kathleen Littleton

James and Kathleen Littleton are the co-founders of Forming Faithful Families. They offer a parish-based multi-session program by that title. However, the program that caught my attention was their approach for encouraging married couples to be open to another child–“one more baby for Jesus”. As the Director of “One More Soul”, I’m always on the hunt for materials and ideas for helping couples be open to life. After all, if we are to have a Culture of Life, we need more LIFE–more babies–lots more.

James and Kathleen Littleton, are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-seven to six, and five living in heaven. (And they regretfully started their marriage out as contracepting, nominal Catholics.) They are Catholic reverts, speakers, spiritual guides, radio guests, regular columnists for Catholic.net, and co-authors of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, Better by the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two, subtitled Lessons Learned Through Loss and Leukemia by Kathleen Littleton (2012), and Healed Through Cancer by James Littleton (2012), available at their website Forming Faithful Families.

I am certain that you will find their life story fascinating. How does a couple get from a contraceptive mentality to a providential mentality culminating in 19 children? I need to know that. And, I think we all do if we are going to be evangelists in the United States of America

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September 24, 2013 – Seven Mosher, President of Population Research Institute

Steven Mosher is President of the Population Research Institute and an astute demographer who blew the whistle on China’s “one-child-policy” and forced abortion approach to implementing that policy. On today’s program he reviews his China experience as a Stanford U graduate student and then describes the research that PRI has done that raises serious questions concerning Catholic charities involvement with the US Agency for International Development (USIAD). USAID is well known to be a major promoter and distributor of birth control all over the world. Its approach to assisting poor countries is to reduce their population by coercive contraceptive and sterilization programs. PRI has uncovered strong evidence that Catholic Relief Services has collaborated with USAID in at least a few countries, accepting US Government funds and hiring promoters/distributors of intrinsic evil. Steven raises a good question—“Would the Catholic Church better serve the poor (consistent with Church teaching) by avoiding USAID funding in favor of purely charitable donations from US Catholics?”

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September 17, 2013 – Mariathon – David Foppe

This week is Radio Mariathon Week, so we will be partially focused on raising the funds necessary for bringing “Christian Radio into your home”, including “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. Our Guest this week is in fact a regular listener to this program so I can ask him what he appreciates about the “Quest” and why he encourages others to listen. David lives in North Carolina so he listens online since there are no RM stations near him.

David and his wife Meg are “promoters” of NFP for the Couple to Couple League. They understand their role as a “calling” and take it very seriously. As you might expect, they have used the Sympto-Thermal Method during their marriage, and like many/most NFP-using couples, they have many children; their 5th is due in January.

David can trace his love for the Catholic Church back to his youth on an Army base where Fr Daniel McCaffrey was Chaplain. In effect, David is a 2nd generation NFP promoter, following in the footsteps of his spiritual father–Father McCaffrey–founder of NFP Outreach.

David’s conversion to active Catholic is a sweet story of the affect of collaboration between a committed lay person (his mother) and a faithful priest/shepherd (Fr McCaffrey). I’m convinced that we need the laity and the clergy to work together to establish a Culture of Life in America and around the world. I pray that this program is helping to achieve that goal by helping our listeners find their particular role in that mission.

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September 10, 2013 – Fr Matthew Habiger, OSB, PhD

The US Supreme Court was recently asked to redefine marriage to include partners of the same gender. The Court’s ruling was somewhat ambiguous and thus confusing.

The issue raises serious questions about “marriage”. What is it? Who decides? Is there (or was there) a universally accepted definition? Is it important? Why?

Our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is Fr Matthew Habiger, a Benedictine priest at Benedictine College, Atchison KS. Fr Matthew has a PhD in moral Theology from Catholic University of America, and travels throughout the country speaking on “God’s plan for Marriage, Spousal Love and Family” as part of the NFP Outreach apostolate. He is superbly qualified to acquaint us with the development of an authentic “marriage” definition–from God, as well as the erosion of that definition through out history.

We want to provide you with the understanding and words for explaining what marriage is and what it cannot be. There are many resources to assist you. Then we want to challenge you to spread the truth about marriage in your parishes (including your pastor), families and various other groups.

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September 03, 2013 – Huan Hoang

I’m completing my IL, WI, MN grand tour with this Radio Maria broadcast of “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” from Madison WI.

Thirty-eight years ago, 5 year-old Huan Hoang, his parents and other family members, escaped South Vietnam in a leaky barge to become part of the large Vietnamese refugee program that settled in the US. Many of these families were Catholic in Vietnam and were settled here with the assistance of Catholic Social Services. Huan and his family first settled in California and then moved to Madison where he attended the U of Wisconsin and earned a BS in Pharmacy (RPh) and has been a licensed pharmacist here for 22 years with the same company.

I know of only a few pharmacies and pharmacists who will not dispense birth control pills or other means of artificial birth control. Huan will tell us of his struggle in this area and some of the ideas he is pursuing to relieve him of this moral burden, including the idea of a “Natural Law Pharmacy”. In spite of Madison’s reputation as a very liberal community (home base for the U of Wisconsin), Huan will tell us of the many Catholic resources that co-exist here and confront the strong liberal culture with a healthy and holy model for living and promoting a Culture of Life.

Huan and I hope/pray that his journey will be an inspiration to others–not only pharmacists–to align their lives with God’s plan as best encouraged by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Please pray for Huan and other health care providers as they confront the challenges of their professions.

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August 27, 2013 – Sr. Candice Fier

I am on a pilgrimage this week-a pilgrimage visiting Schoenstatt Shrines in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and meeting the religious and laity who are the Schoenstatt Family. Sister Candice Fier is a Schoenstatt Movement Religious Sister. I was surprised to know of their large numbers and the variety of their ministries. Sister lives at the Sleepy Eye MN Shrine and Retreat Center, and serves the Diocese of New Ulm as Family Life Director. She is a Registered Nurse and Fertility Care Practitioner with an MS in Marriage and Family Life from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in WDC.
Today we will learn about Sr Candice-her origins, call to religious life, and the three prongs of her ministry:
Promotion of NFP and Natural Procreative Technology for healthy marriages and healthy women,
Marriage and Family Life projects in a large rural Midwestern diocese, and the
Schoenstatt movement mission and charisma based on a deep love of Mary.

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August 20, 2013 – Dr. Mary Davenport

The triennial meeting of the MWIA, Medical Women’s International Association, an organization started in 1919, was held three weeks ago in Seoul, Korea. Three AAPLOG (America Assn of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists) women were scheduled presenters. Drs Donna Harrison, Mary Davenport, both ObGyns, and Dr. Martha Shuping, a psychiatrist flew to Seoul for the meeting, but at the last moment, they were informed their sessions would be cancelled. Why? Their presentations were cancelled because they did not support the pro-abortion ideology of the meeting’s organizers.

What happened next was quite astonishing. Be sure to listen–at radio maria.us –as Dr Mary will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday at Noon ET.

She will describe her personal conversions to NFP-Only, Natural Procreative Technology, and the the Roman Catholic faith. She is the immediate past president of AAPLOG and can tell us about that organization.

But, we mainly want to hear how the Holy Spirit orchestrated the banning of their presentations to a small group of MWIA attendees so that their message could be heard all over the world. Lesson #1: The Holy Spirit will take the ball and run with it if allowed in the game. So, do your part–listen to that small voice encouraging you to do something that will advance the Culture of Life.

Just do it; the Holy Spirit will do most of the actual work!

Mary will synopsize the three presentations; all addressed the harm caused to women by abortion:
Donna Harrison’s presentation demonstrated that nations with laws protective of mothers and unborn babies have excellent maternal mortality statistics. Ireland is a classic example
Mary Davenport had a talk about abortion as a risk factor for pre-term birth, the cause of 15 million neonatal deaths each year internationally. Mary travels extensively to gather data and present the facts of abortions harm.
Martha Shuping had a presentation that included two case reports of women who suffered severe psychological harm from abortion, even though they had obvious risk factors that were not discussed in the informed consent process.

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August 13, 2013 – Alan Parker

Alan Parker is the attorney president of San Antonio based The Justice Foundation (TJF) offering free legal representation to those whose fundamental freedoms and rights are being threatened. He serves as the lead legal counsel for Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe” of Roe vs Wade) and Sandra Cano (“Mary Doe” of Doe vs Bolton) and is advancing the Culture of Life in America in a variety of ways, including fighting for parents rights in the education of their children.

TJF’s “Center Against Forced Abortion” offers letters to parents, fathers, and abortionists to discourage forcing or coercing girls into having an abortion. These have saved thousands of lives and can be used by you to give to a minor girl, her parents, teachers/counselors/pastors or anyone who may try to convince her to abort. She alone has the right to choose; that’s the law. The letters are available at www.TheJusticeFoundation.org.

I also expect to ask Alan about the future of abortion in America. With tougher restrictions becoming increasingly common, we are seeing more abortion facilities close each month. Are we really winning the fight for LIFE?

Another TJF project is collecting the testimonies of aborted women who wish they had NOT aborted their son or daughter. These powerful human stories are being used to convince legislators and voters that abortion should not be an option because it causes depression, grief, regret, suicide, and severe health problems for the mothers–and of course, killS their children.

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August 6, 2013 – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

I am always especially excited to be able to interview one of Christs’ Vicars here on Earth. Bishop Paprocki is the “Ordinary” for the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and by no means is he”ordinary”. He is probably in the best physical condition of all the US bishops. He runs marathons (18 and counting) and still plays ice hockey (goalie) on an amateur team.

He has written a book–Holy Goals for Body and Soul–that extols the virtues and demands of athletics and their application to life. It is loaded with interesting stories from sports and their practical lessons for everyday life. I highly recommend it as a gift for any athlete or sports enthusiast.

The goalie is the last line of defense, and courage is essential. So it is with a bishop, as he is the final authority for his diocese and when something is wrong, he has the responsibility to address the problem. Bishop Paprocki has taken the heat for his 2012 pastoral letter on a Catholic’s responsibility to take his/er faith into the voting booth, and he has spoken clearly in defense of marriage.

Bishop Paprocki is also a lawyer and quite willing to offer guidance to the Illinois State legislature and other state officials in Springfield. Illinois does not have a strong pro-life/family reputation [ranked 36th by Americans United for Life--www.aul.org/states/illinois], so some recent decisions are surprising. Does he see “evolving”? Is he a stimulant for evolution in Illinois?

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July 30, 2013 – Kim Schnitker

Kim Schnitker (KC) is absolutely passionate about NFP (Natural Family Planning). She will talk to anyone, anywhere about NFP, and claims that 10% of the children in her parish school are from parents that she taught NFP. With Catholic schools closing on a regular basis, maybe KC has the solution for keeping them viable/sustainable.

KC has a great story of conversion to Catholicism and NFP. How does she balance being wife to Ed and mother to six with her avocation for NFP couple recruiting, teaching and speaking? I think you will enjoy hearing her tell her story.

Every year or two the NFP community of teachers and promoters debates a name change for “Natural Family Planning”. Various alternatives have been proposed, like “Fertility Awareness Methods”, but so far none have caught on. KC proposes “Moral Family Planning” = MFP.

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July 23, 2013 – Christopher Gawley

Christopher Gawley is a lawyer for Morgan Stanley, a convert to the faith, and a columnist for The Remnant, Online www.remnantnewspaper.com. I’m interviewing him at Noon ET on Tuesday the 23rd because he has written a captivating article in Christian Order, May 2013, p 53-65, titled, “Heroic Parenthood”, which could have been sub-titled, “The upgrade from responsible parenthood and NFP”.

Since “NFP Awareness Week” began on Sunday, it seems appropriate to talk about NFP–Natural Family Planning. Now, I realize that some listeners may be perplexed by me and One More Soul being strong promoters of NFP while also providing Guests [like Fr William Gardner, Dr Jay Boyd, and now Christopher Gawley] a platform for questioning NFP. I rationalize this seeming inconsistency as a continuing commitment to (and search for) Truth [CAPITAL "T"=from God]. I advocate NFP and SNFP, that is “SuperNatural Family Planning”–letting God plan family size. It seems hard to argue that a human couple can compete with God in the determination of anything, but especially something as awesome as procreating another human being who will exist for all eternity–infinity!

I have no quarrel with Holy Mother Church’s approval of married couples knowing and using periodic abstinence to avoid conception for just and serious reason. That is what the Church teaches. What we are saying is that letting God decide should be considered as a superior approach to family planning.

“Heroic Parenthood” can be found at www.christianorder.com.

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July 16, 2013 – Kevin Burke

The abortion debate and focus is typically on the baby and mother. But what about fathers of children who mom wants to abort? They may be encouraging the abortion, discouraging, or neutral. And how do they feel after the dastardly deed?

Kevin Burke is Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life focused on ministry to fathers. This is what he says about what he does:
One of the saddest correspondences or phone calls I deal with, is a father who is devastated because his partner, girlfriend, fiancé or wife had an abortion…without ever telling him about the procedure…until it is too late. It is heart breaking, and with what we know about how this impacts men, its also a really serious mental health and spiritual crisis that requires immediate help if the man is open to that. I wanted to share how I respond to these situations. Each one is unique so there is no set formula. You are just trying with the Lord’s help, to reach out and connect man to man (woman to man) with his heart and soul and keep the momentum of reaching out for help…to keep that momentum moving forward. Isolation with this kind of pain, is very bad.

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July 9, 2013 – Ronda Chervin, PhD

Ronda Chervin, PhD, is a professor of Philosophy, a prolific writer, a widow, and frequent guest on EWTN Radio–and elsewhere. If you read her works you will be blessed and inspired to share her wisdom–and by so doing, you will be promoting a Culture of Life in America.

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